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Fall Parents Weekend starts Sept. 30

Fun events planned for first family weekend of the academic year

When students all over campus begin to frantically tidy their rooms, shove laundry under their beds and replace their collection of comic books with text books, it can only mean one thing – Parents Weekend has arrived.
Starting on Friday, Sept. 30, the first family weekend of the year offers a chance for parents to visit and tour their student's new home while sharing the college experience.

"My parents are both super busy and haven't gotten a chance to visit me yet," says Megan Wall, a senior biology major, "but when I told them about Parents Weekend they were stoked!"

It is also the perfect time for students involved in organizations on campus to show off their accomplishments to their admiring parents.

Karen Marling, mother of Ohio University Marching 110 member Alex Marling, is especially excited for the opportunity to see his hard work pay off during the Parents Weekend football game.

"It's nice to come down and support my child at what he does and to simply enjoy the atmosphere," Karen says.

There are plenty of activities planned during this special weekend to keep everyone entertained and to promote some quality family bonding time (while keeping the 'rents away from that messy room).  Here are just a few to check out:

•    Leap back in time to the Roaring 20's and enjoy an evening of mystery and good food at the Mobster, Molls, & Marinara Dinner Theater. Held in the Baker University Center Ballroom at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, this dinner and a show will keep you entertained while you help solve the murder of a local Chicago crime boss. Tickets are $20.

•    Watch the OHIO Hockey team as they face off on the ice against the West Virginia Mountaineers at 7:30 p.m. on both Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1, at Bird Arena.  Each night doors open at 6:45 p.m. Student tickets are $5 and all other tickets are $7.  Children under 5 are free. For ticket ordering information and more,
visit http://www.ohiobobcatshockey.com.

•    Enjoy Ohio University's beautiful campus by participating in the 2011 Family 5K at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. This 5K is a walk/run for all students, parents and families. Registration is $15 and will begin at 8 a.m. at the Ping Recreation Center. The first 50 registrants will receive a free 2011 Family 5K T-shirt. For more information, click here.

•    On Saturday, Oct. 1, take a swing at this year's Parents Weekend Golf Outing. Tee off is at 9 a.m. for this nine-hole scramble. Tickets are $50 a pair or $25 for an individual and include green fees, golf cart and a catered lunch from Kiser's BBQ Shack. This event will also include raffles and competitive hole prizes. Find out more at ohio.edu/recreation/golf/.

•    Wake up bright and early on Saturday, Oct. 1, and enjoy the 4th Annual Rise 'n Shine with the 'Rents Parents Weekend Breakfast sponsored by the Ohio University Program Council (UPC) and the Office of the Dean of Students. Held in the Baker University Center Ballroom, this breakfast buffet features a variety of University guest speakers, entertainment, live music and raffles. Seatings are at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $10. Purchase tickets here.

•    Pull on some high heels and join the fourth Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes at noon, Saturday, Oct. 1. The event is a men's march in high-heeled shoes to raise awareness and to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. on the fourth floor of Baker University Center. The walk ends at TailGreat
Park where there will be music, food and drinks. For more information, visit ohio.edu/womenscenter/index.cfm.

•    Support OHIO Women's Field Hockey as they take on MAC rivals Ball State at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and the Miami Redhawks at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. Both games are at Chessa Field.

•    Don't forget to cheer on the OHIO Football team as they match up against Kent State on Saturday, Oct. 1 in Peden Stadium. Kickoff starts at 2 p.m. Students receive one free ticket; all other tickets are $30. For ticket and seating information, visit ohiobobcats.com/tickets/.

•    The men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. invite you to join them at The Black Male Summit, "Rekonnecting the Dots: Parents Rekonnecting with the Youth" from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Baker University Center Multi-Purpose Room (Baker 240/242). The discussion will focus on many of the problems with parent-child relationships in today's society and how they can be improved.

•    Enjoy a night of laughs when America's famed comedy troupe, The Second City, comes to Ohio University with its "Laugh Out Loud Tour" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Don't miss out on an evening of hilarious sketch comedy and their trademark improvisation. Tickets for this special Parents Weekend Event are $18. Please note, this performance may contain offensive content and may not be appropriate for younger audience members. For more information, visit ohio.edu/performingarts/.

For a complete list of Parents Weekend events, click here.